7.3 out of 10


38.8004143819723 -107.716180149492
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Hotchkiss -- alternative mountain living off the land, off the grid?"

Hotchkiss is a town of about 1000 people in Delta County on the west slope of Colorado where the desert meets the mountain. The land where Hotchkiss sits is a green oasis in the surrounding desert because of the North Fork River. There is an alternative vibe to the town and the surrounding area and there are a lot of unique properties and ranches. There is a wide variety of people and incomes, it is an eclectic group! I have friends that have some fruit orchards in the area and love to grow things.

The little North Fork Airport is perfect for those who own a private plane. There is some shopping, a City Market and some local shops in town making it possible to hunker down and stay through the seasons in the little town without needing to leaver you can really get lost (in a good way) in this town surrounded by wilderness. Sister towns of Peonia and Delta are not far away, but to get to "the big city" you would have to drive for over about an hour NW to Grand Junction or Montrose to the SW a little closer.

There are ranches, farms, commercial properties and private residence properties for sale (it seems like) in abundance in the Hotchkiss area. For a someone looking for a beautiful mountain town, remote and affordable in western Colorado this would be a great place to grow traditionally (funny how traditional anymore means using chemicals and genetically modified terminator seeds!) or for someone wanting to go organic. Living off the land and off the grid is a popular idea in these parts, and old and new technologies seem to mesh well here. This is a small town but it is not boring! I saw a gorgeous big ranch for sale, big 4 bedroom home, shelters and barns and lots of land for 1.4 million. Also, a smaller ranch but nice for $400,000.
  • different, open town
  • good restaurants
  • local farms
  • too remote for some
  • hours drive or more to cities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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